Shocker: Local star lands in Kansas

Former Carolina Forest basketball star Aaron Ellis has committed to attend Wichita State, according to the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle.

The decision comes nearly three weeks after the 6-foot-8 Ellis was denied admission to the University of South Carolina.

Ellis toured Wichita State's Koch Arena, which seats more than 10,000 fans, and played a pickup game with current players before making the decision on Tuesday.

He chose the Shockers over Colorado State, Wyoming and Coastal Carolina, the newspaper reported.

"The facilities and people here are great," Ellis said.

The Shockers are coached by Gregg Marshall, hired this offseason after building a mid-major powerhouse at Winthrop. He coached the Eagles for nine seasons, leading them to the NCAA Tournament seven times.

Ellis spent last year at the Bridgton Academy, a prep school in Maine.

He averaged 15 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.2 assists for Carolina Forest in the 2005-06 season. He helped the Panthers advance to the Lower State semifinals, the furthest the teams has advanced in school history.

Ellis grew up in Germany, where his parents are stationed in the military. He initially committed to South Carolina over Clemson, Texas A&M and UNC Wilmington.